Your Aunt Illy and I have been getting pretty hot 'n heavy lately and I wonder if it's time to take our relationship to the next level.
Do you use it? It looks great, but I wonder if it's worth bothering with - developing a reliance on a 3rd party plugin, outputting files that're less transferrable to others because they use art generated by plugins, complicating future installs of Illustrator, having to buy updates for it if I get hooked on it, etc.
I use numerous plugins for Photoshop, but not a single plugin for Illustrator (got some cool scripts, but that's about it).
Your thoughts on VectorScribe? Yay or nay?
While I'm at it, what about that DrawScribe, too?
Probably the best Illustrator plug in I own, and have ever owned.
Art is standard art.. open a file which used VectorScribe on a system without it.. you'd never know. You can get hooked on how easy it makes things. But it doesn't actually do anything you can't do (with a lot more work pushing and pullign handles and anchors) in the core Illustrator. It's a HUGE time saving tool.
Installs are easy, few or no hiccups. (especially since they updated their licening system)
It replaces many tedious tasks in Illustrator... watch the videos. It's not hype. Basically you can spend 5 mintues rounding 2 corners to perfectly match or you can use VectorScribe's Dynamic corners and do it in 2 seconds. It essentially makes some things like corners, shapes, anchors, etc. "Live" allowing you to alter them further at any time in the future.
It's basically core AI tools on steriods. And honestly, it's how AI tools should work by default.
Files created using VectorScribe aren't "less transferable". When someone doesn't have the plugin installed, they get normal vector paths. The objects just aren't live. So for those people it's just as you hadn't used VectorScribe at all. They won't even notice.
Yeah I run the enitre astutegraphics.com library of AI plug ins. Not a bad one in the bunch.... now just waiting for the CS6 updates. (which they are working on and will be free if you buy the CS5 plug ins now)
Adobe should REALLY implement many of these shape-building features into the Illustrator toolset.
Vectorscribe's path editor tool and corners tools are essentials in my opinion. Is this ia good thing or bad thing? I don't know yet - I remain hopeful they will be brought into Illustrator's foundation.
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